RAWsumer reviews at the Compact Reviews Organizer
CANON: G11 S95 G10 G9 S90 SX1is
PANASONIC: LX5 LX3 LX2 FZ50 FZ100 FZ40/FZ45 FZ38/FZ35 FZ28
FUJI: S100fs
NIKON: P7000 P6000
CAMERA DIARIES: Panasonic LX3 Canon G10

Monday, December 29, 2008

Casio EX-F1 review continued

The in-forum review of the Casio EX F1 continues at the dvinfo.net forums. This is part #3 of the review, and you can find the previous episodes in the dvinfo forums. This episode focuses (no pun intended) on exposure control. As the website name suggests, this is a DV/video website, so please keep in mind that this is a video-priority approach :)

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

New RAWsumer shootout in progress at Serious Compacts

If you are a fan of shootouts, head on over to Serious Compacts where a new multi-part shootout is under way! Already, the first three parts have been posted! The primary contenders in the shootout are the Canon G10 and the Leica D-Lux 4, but other cameras are also making guest appearances. For example, in episode #3: dynamic range, the Sigma DP1 makes a guest appearance and challenges the two contenders!

If you want to do your own testing and pixel-peeping, some of the RAW files are available for download! Stay tuned to SC for more, episode #4 will be talking about low light and high ISO shooting, a popular topic among online photographers!

No spoilers here, you can find out what they find out at SC :)

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

RAW Rant Part II

There is a follow-up, a follow-up to the RAW rant at Wouter 28mm. The author provides more insight and clarifies his position, and addresses the age-old question of RAW vs JPEG vs the situation.

Infact Wouter's camera, the Ricoh GX200, received a new review a couple of days ago at Photo Review Australia.

And speaking of reviews, time-permitting we will create more RAWsumer review lists and integrate them with the main blog to make it easier to jump from one review cluster to another without having to jump from one blog to the other. We are also trying to find ways to minimize duplication between this blog and the main blog and at the same time, provide more RAWsumer content - not an easy task :) Now if there were 48 hours in a day... If you have any suggestions or preferences, please let us know!

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

New Ricoh GX200 review at Photo Review!

It's not often that Ricoh gets weekly reviews, but the GX-200 was just reviewed at Photo Review. The GX-200 is a camera of trade-offs, and the review can be a good way to organize them. Some people have fallen in love with the GX-200, others have sent it back. It is not for everyone, but it certainly has its strong and loyal following.

And while we are talking Ricoh, if you missed it last week, be sure to check out the GRD II review at Serious Compacts.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Rant time: On RAW and RAWsumers

It is time for a rant! A rant on RAW on digital cameras with smaller sensors, they ones we call RAWsumers here at this blog. So what caused the Wouter 28mm blog rant? Read on to find out!

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Top Sellers at Map Camera for November 2008

Computer-translated digitalcamera.jp has posted the November 2008 top sellers at MAP Cameras. As you can see from the list of cameras there, this is a photographer-priority shop. So how did the RAWsumers do this month?

In the Top Ten of brand new camera sales, we have three RAWsumers, with the G10 grabbing the #2 spot as a new entry, with the Ricoh GRD II (which was just reviewed at Serious Compacts) at #4 and the Lumix LX3 a step behind it. Not bad considering the rest of the top ten is filled with DSLRs!

In the Top Twenty of used cameras, Canon wins again, with the G9 at the #3 spot. The Ricoh GRD II is doing well there as well (what does that mean?), as it sits at #5, while the Sigma DP1 (viva Foveon!) is just outside the top ten. That's all in terms of RAWsumers though, just three out of twenty. And yes, all the other sellers there are not Hello Kitty, they are DSLRs!

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Saturday, December 06, 2008

Open thread: What would you like to see in this blog?

Time for some blog-soul-searching! What would you like to see in this blog? Please let us know by email or if you prefer, leave a comment, or send a twitter twit.

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Have not touched the Panasonic LX3 yet?

We think we found the second best option to actually touching the LX3: Pictures of the camera from every angle spotlighted via the Lumix Photography blog. The set contains 60 pictures!

Warning! If you are a "gearaholic" you may fall in love with camera after you see all the close-ups and multi-angle views!

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Canon G9 available for $500

Amazon.com has managed to get some Canon G9 units in-stock for $500 and with free shipping. These are available from Amazon itself, not by 3rd party sellers! You also get a couple of bonus items, a one-year subscription to "WIRED magazine" and $5 worth of Amazon mp3-downloads. We don't know how many they have in-stock, there is no "x left in stock" indicator as of the time of writing.

The G10 is obviously cheaper (around $430), but some people may prefer the G9, perhaps because they may think that 12-megapixels is more than enough for their needs and jumping to 15mp is just way too much for 1/1.72" sensors given the current technology.

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Editing LX3/DLux4 files in Lightroom 2.1

The Imaging Insider features a quick tutorial by Mike Lao on how to edit RAW files from the LX3 and its cousin D-Lux 4 in Lightroom 2.1.

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

New Panasonic LX3 review!

We have a new LX3 review, this time by Ryan Brenizer at the Amazon Photography blog. This is an experiential photographer's review, not a pixel-peepiential review. Ryan likes a number of things about the LX3, and makes a comment about ISO 1600. But it's not a bed of roses, there is a trio of negatives.

Panasonic deserves kudos for bringing camera change we can believe in. Unlike the CaNiKons who went with the more-megapixel sensors, Panasonic showed restrained and "stayed" at 10-megapixels, and that may have been one of the reasons why Monet no longer has a single official camera ;-)

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Two new reviews on the Panasonic FZ28

The Panasonic FZ28 has been reviewed twice in the last couple of days! This is one of the very few superzooms using a 1/2.35" to 1/2.5" sensor that offer RAW natively. So it is of great interest to RAWsumer fans.

The first review comes from multi-lingual site Let's Go Digital, part of the DIWA network. The second review comes from Camera Labs.

We don't want to spoil the findings and conclusions, so no discussion until the reviews get "older".

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Monday, November 24, 2008

RAWsumer grab DIWA awards

Fuji's giant superzoom (RAWzoomer), the S100fs, has received a 2008 Gold DIWA Award in the category of "Advanced Megazoom". DIWA is an organization composed of nine European camera review sites from nine different European countries.

More awards will be announced in the next few days, as undoubtedly cameras like the Canon G10, Panasonic LX3, and the Ricohs will be considered in their respective categories.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

RAWsumers continue to be hot at MAP Camera

Our favorite Japanese camera site DigitalCamera.jp has posted the October 2008 best sellers of MAP Camera. This is a store for enthusiasts and advanced photographers, so it's not reflective of the "Average Joe the Plumber", but rather the "Average Joe the Photographer".

In the top ten of brand-new cameras, we find the Ricoh power duo at #2 and #5, with the cutesy GRD-II being at #2, and the versatile GX200 at #5. The cutesiness of the GRd-II certainly did not go unnoticed among the design-sensitive Japanese buyers. The other one of course is the Panasonic LX3, ranking high at #3. It will be interesting to see what happens next month (November), with the G10 being more readily available. Currently the G10 is not in the top ten.

Meanwhile, in the top ten of used camera sales, we find five RAWsumers, including the two predecessors of the Ricoh cameras mentioned above. But the leader of the pack is the Canon G9 at the #5 spot. And Foveon fans will be thrilled to see their lovely Sigma DP1 at #17.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Panasonic LX3 Diary Part IV

The previous edition of the LX3 diary has gotten too long, so now we are launching part IV, starting with a post-Photokina catchup on the action! For a list of reviews so far, be sure to check the LX3 Reviews List.

New Updates at Diary Part V
In order to organize and optimize things, we have launched Part V of the LX3 diary at the main blog. This allows us to organize all the reviews together in the Compact Reviews page, allowing you to jump from DSLR to Compact reviews and vice-versa from the same page and user interface.

Wedn Nov 12: new review
We have another review, this time by Trusted Reviews. No spoilers here.

Tue Nov 11
A new shootout is out! Check out Serious Compacts to see how the lovely LX3 compares to the evil G10 in high-ISO shooting ;-) The diaries are "partisan" after all ;-)

Who's praising us now? Esquire Magazine has picked the LX3 as one of six cameras to ...take on a safari.

Sat Nov 8 (big update)
Didn't you just wish that someone posted a technical analysis of the LX3 sensor? Someone who knows about sensors? Well, your wish has come true! Serious Compacts is pointing us to such an analysis, embedded in the Panasonic forums.

How do you create an affordable DIY panorama tripod for the LX3? Creativity leads the way at the Panorama XL blog.

Thom Hogan has posted a shootout between this, the G10 and the P6000. Serious Compacts discusses this exciting shootout.

What's this about the LX3 and coffee madness? And how do the Elinchrom Ranger Rx flashes fit in the equation? This sounds like an experiment of sorts? What is it? One way to find out, find out!

Another opinion on the LX3, this time at Life Inch. Pros are listed, and the case is made for the size advantage. A sample video is included.

Wouter 28mm discusses the recent LX3 reviews. What did they and their readers think?

Lightscrape has reached the 10,000 photos milestone with it. What do they think now? And more samples are flowing at LS, a number of them inspired by impressionism.

She has a lovely cousin, says BoPhoto.com. By that of course we refer to the Leica D-Lux 4 which is heavily "inspired" by the LX3. More on the D-Lux 4 at Nelson Foto.

It's more than just a point and shoot camera says Photo SIP. How much more? Read on to find out.

Tue Nov 4: the dpreview review is out!!!
Run to dpreview! They have just posted their LX3 review! No spoilers here however. Jump over there to find out what they found out.

Sun Nov 2
Laurence Kim has posted part III of his on-going Panasonic LX3 review. This segment features landscape and nature photography capturing the colors of the fall season. No spoilers here, but the conclusions include one surprise and two complaints!

Fri Oct 31: Catching up
High-ISO RAW files from the Leica D-Lux4 are featured at Serious Compacts and various programs are used, such as Silkypix, Capture Uno, Raw Developer and a dose of Noise Ninja.

A four-minute video review of the LX3 is now posted at the Nerdist blog.

If you can't enough discussion on the LX3, be sure to check the LX3 flickr group.

Lightscrape asks, LX3, G10 or P6000? How about all of the above? :-)

CNet Asia poses the two cameras side by side, the LX3 and the G10. Camera poses only, no sample images however.

BigMacky has tried out a friend's LX3, but is holding out for the Leica edition.

Some sample pictures taken with the LX3 from photographers around the world: Fall colors by Spryeye, Lightscrape and Gadling and Jeff Saddoris.

Sun Oct 26
How long will the shutter last? Lightscrape is firing the shutter on a regular basis.

The new version of Instant JPEG from RAW will now support the LX3 among other digital cameras.

Sat Oct 25: Size matters
If you haven't seen or touched the LX3 in person, this blog post is a great way to judge size. Is it bigger than cat? an iPhone? Nutella? Find out at the new lx3 photography blog.

Lots of pictures with fall colors, and lots of new commentary at the must-read Lightscrape blog.

Thur Oct 23: Distortion, RAW, and the Lens
Serious Compacts discusses lens distortion, JPEG vs RAW, and marketing claims.

J&R World has posted a 200-second video teaser of the LX3. Were the presenters auditioning for QVC? :)

Tue Oct 21: P6000 vs LX3
We have head-to-head comparison between the LX3 and the Coolpix P6000 quasi-RAWsumer. The battle takes places at Digital Camera Review. Conclusions at the bottom of the page. What were their findings? Did they pick a favorite? Read through to find out!

A lightweight review at Stuff. They call it a review, not moi :)

Mon Oct 20: Imaging Resource review is out!
A new review is out! Imaging Resource has just posted their findings of the LX3. The review was just posted, so we won't spoil their conclusions. If you are in a hurry, simply jump to the bottom of the review for the conclusions along with the pros and cons segment.

And more LX3, TWIP Photo has posted their experiential mini-review of this new compact RAWsumer. Three sample pictures are included, including one that pushes the envelope with silver and black remotes side by side. Be sure to check it out!

Sun Oct 19
The LX3 takes on a DSLR! No, they don't wrestle in the mud, but they do take pictures of the same scene. This in the Panasonic dpreview forum, and discussion ensues.

Fri Oct 17: Price drops to $400
J&R World has dropped the price again down to $400, has it in-stock, and shipping right now - as of the time of writing of course. Get Yours Now.

Wedn Oct 15: Luminous Landscape review!
The reviews keep on coming for the lovely Panasonic LX3! This time Luminous Landscape has posted their take. Please keep in mind LL publishes experiential-photography reviews, as opposed to pixel-peepiential reviews you can find at dpreview or DIWA Labs.

Tue Oct 14: The DC-Resource review is out!
New review! DC Resource has posted their findings on the LX3! Read it now!

The LX3 wins over a photographer and prompts him to sell his Canon G9. Which is great news if you are looking for a used Canon G9 for just over $300.

A night out with the LX3! The LX3 paints the town red and black+white! Check it out at the Panasonic dpreview forum.

Lightscrape talks about custom settings and some ...secrets!

What if you could (re)design the LX3 any which way you wanted? Serious Compacts spotlights one LX3 re-imagination.

Mon Oct 13
We've already mentioned the sample pictures last week, now photographer Laurence Kim has posted his impressions on the Lumix LX3. Find out why the reviewer says "I was wrong" in the Conclusions segment. That's the ultimate teasier for reading the review now :) The author also promises low-light tests in the next few days so stay tuned.

Sun Oct 12
A couple of LX3-related updates at Serious Compacts, first pointing us to a G10 vs LX3 comparison, and then grabbing Panasonic by the ear for their RAW support.

Small things are the latest couple of pictures at Lightscrape which features an on-going report of their LX3 experience.

Pictures taken with the LX3 but also its rich upscale sister, the Leica D-Lux 4 are shown and discussed at the Rangefinder forum.

A flickr group discusses JPEG, RAW and barrel distortion. Check it out.

Thur Oct 9
What's inside the box? TWIP has posted their LX3 unboxing ceremony for all to see!

How about the G10 vs LX3 dimensions? Serious Compacts points us to a dpreview forum thread created by an enthusiast comparing the two. Do more megapixels affect camera size? ;-)

Also from SerCom, a round-up of sample images and comparisons.

Square panoramas? What??? Details at Lightscrape.

Another LX3 goes to Maui again! It looks like Maui is a vacation-destination for the LX3. DC Resource has just posted a bonus gallery from Maui. Full size images are available for download, and you can easily check the EXIF data on the gallery page.

And a few more samples, including some b+w at the photocamel forums.

Can't get more real world than this: The LX3 captures anniversary celebration pictures, capturing the Fall season in New England.'

Sun Oct 5
Maui-wowie! The LX3 has earned a vacation! Here is the LX3, taking Maui Pictures, outdoors and some indoors too.

The latest update at Lightscrape tackles the question of whether colors are correct with the LX3. Specific settings are discussed.

Sat Oct 4
The LX3 goes political as it takes photos at a political event. Slide show at Laughing Squid. Slide-show is using a Flash application for delivery.

Photographer Laurence Kim has posted some LX3 sample shots in the flickr LX3 group.

Lakes, panoramas, and impressionism are some of the latest LX3 pictures posted at Lightscrape.

Neutral Day opines on some of the recent reviews.

Thur Oct 2
New Review!!! Digital Camera Review (DCR) has posted their take on the buzzworthy LX3. As always we won't be revealing the outcome of the review, at least not during the initial first few hours, so as not to introduce bias and things like that.

More tests on the LX3 from Japan! Details at Serious Compacts.

And of Panasonic interest, dpreview has posted their Photokina interview with a group of Panasonic reps from around the world. Of RAWsumer interest, the dpreview staff asked them about the possibility of a FZ-50 replacement and the Panasonica employees put on their ...politican hats :-)

A veteran dpreview forum user has posted his in-forum early impressions on the LX3, and a vigorous discussion follows up.

Wedn Oct 1
Can you mix and match LX3 and D-Lux 4 firmware asks an L-camera forum user. We don't have an answer, but do check out the thread.

Blogger Lian has fallen in love with the LX3 and points out to a number of sample images.

Tue Sept 30
A new in-forum embedded review of the LX3 at the Rangefinder forum, with complimentary content/pictures at this website.

Aperture priority is the topic of the latest post at Lightscrape.

And for those who are trying to decide and are in-between the LX3 and the Canon G10, we just launched the Canon G10 diary at the noisy blog.

Mon Sept 29 catch-up
Breakout alert for the LX3! It looks like it's having a major impact in the Amazon Top Sellers chart. After the pre-order discounts and select shipping, it has managed to jump to the #11 spot, just three spot behind the Canon G10. Considering the LX3 is available in two colors this is impressive.

It looks like the LX3 is quite possibly having the same breakout for the LX-series as the TZ3 had for the TZ-series.

The great LX3 updates at Light Scrape continue with night pictures, close-ups, b+w and a panorama. A must-read if you are interested in the LX3.

Serious Compacts writes that there are more than external differences between the LX3 and D-Lux4.

A trio of real world silver body pictures at DigiCamReview. The pictures taken at the Photokina trade show.

New owners of the LX3, one says lighten up dude, another posts test shots at juggernuts.com.

How about external flashes and some suggestions for LX3 hand straps ask a flickr users.

Meanwhile D300 users are tempted by the LX3. Perhaps it's the "3" in the model name :-)

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Friday, November 21, 2008

RAW deal? Fuji S100fs for $533 after rebate (plus free card)

RAWzoomer fans, you may be interested in this deal at Amazon. The Fuji S100fs is offered for $585, but Fuji has just launched a $50 mail-in rebate, so after rebate, your price is $535. Plus Amazon is offering a free 4gb Kingston SDHC memory card, which is currently going for about $10. And free shipping and handling. Please note that in order to get the above, the camera must be sold and shipped by Amazon itself, not by any of the other 3rd party sellers that are also featured on Amazon.

For our newer readers, RAWzoomer is a blended term from RAWsumer and superzoom. Superzoom is self-explanatory, RAWsumer is defined (by this blog) to mean a fixed-lens digital camera that supports RAW natively or via an official firmware update.

So what about the CHKD cameras? Well, they are quasi-RAWsumers, since the changes made are not permanent, and do not come with the camera out of the box or via an official firmware update.

But this is just one of the many terms out there, the last one we saw mentioned was Creative Compacts.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A new Casio EX-FH20 review

The Casio EX-FH20 may have been flying under the radar, partially because Casio "hid" its predecessor, the EX-F1, from the internets, by making it a retail or telephone-order only camera, which was a rather anachronistic move.

Anyways, the reviews of the FH20 are starting to line-up, and today Photography Blog has posted their trademark six-page review. Conclusions are on page #6.

Just a week ago, we mentioned a review by DCI, and last month we saw a nice review by Videopia.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

What's the future of compacts?

A very interesting discussion at Serious Compacts sparked by a post by Eolake, triggered by Thom Hogan's 2009 predictions. What does the future hold for compacts and more specifically RAWsumers? Will this mini-renaissance be short-lived or is it a hopeful trend for the future?

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One more name in the hat!

There are so many names to describe this segment of cameras. RAWsumers is one of them, but there are many more, such as "prosumers", "bridge cameras", "advanced compacts", Serious Compacts, "System Compacts", "power compacts", and things like that.

So here is another term to consider, creative compacts.

Any other names we missed or any other names you prefer using to describe this segment?

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Feedback time: What the future for the RAWsumer blog?

We have a quick opinion poll. What would you prefer to see happen to the RAWsumer blog? Keep it as is, or integrate it in the main "1001 noisy cameras" blog? Or do you have any other preferences? Vote, send an email or leave a comment!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

New reviews and shootouts (G10, LX3, GX200, P6000)

We start with what promises to be a very exciting multi-part shootout at Serious Compacts. Part #1 of the shootout squares off the Canon G10 vs Panasonic LX3 at high ISO.

Next up, Canon's bitter rival, Nikon, receives a review of its NRWsumer, Photoxels.com reviews the Coolpix P6000. One of the nice things they do with their reviews is that they build a "User Profile" for each camera, to give people a better sense of who might benefit from it. This is a good idea!

Then Alpha Mount World takes a detailed look at the Ricoh GX200, Ricoh's successor to the game-changing GX100. G10, LX3, and P6000 fans should probably write a thank you letter to Ricoh for "forcing" their companies to make GX100 competitors. What did they find? They have a big page of conclusions, no spoilers here :) The review has been added to the list of GX200 reviews. If we missed any, please let us know!

But that's not all for the G10, it has also received a review and video tour at Camera Labs.

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Thom Hogan update on the LX3 distortion correction

Thom Hogan has an updated his website, following up on his LX3 vs P6000 vs G10 shootout, that got caught in the middle of the LX3 distortion correction debate. Panasonic is correcting this with JPEG and SilkyPix, but other RAW converters are obviously not aware of this. Serious Compacts raised this issue a few weeks ago.

Please note if you are reading this after the posting date that Thom Hogan's website does not have links to individual posts, so you have to hunt for this update in his November Archives.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

New RAWzoomer review: Casio EX-FH20

The Casio EX-FH20, the new 20X superzoom, or as we like to call it, RAWzoomer, has received a review today at Digital Camera Info.

As always, we won't be revealing the outcome of the review, but if you are in a hurry, be sure to click on the "Conclusions" tab. There are three pros and four cons. Ouch or not? As always, it's all about trade-offs!

The best price we have found so far is at Adorama for the standard price, but they are also throwing in a free 4gb card and free shipping. More details.

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New Panasonic FZ28 review (and a new first look)

Hot on the heels of the DIWA Lab tests, the Panasonic FZ28 has now received a new review, from the "dpreview of Australia", PhotoReview.Au. This review has a lot of technical measurements, which if you like you can compare with the measurable findings of the DIWA Labs.

Update on November 10
A new first-look (not a complete review yet) has been posted by Steve's Digicams. Check out what they posted so far on the lovely FZ28.

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New Nikon Coolpix P6000 review

A week after the Pho Review review, the Coolpix P6000, the RAWsumer "traitor" has received a new review, this time by the CNet equivalent of the UK, Trusted Reviews. Their conclusions, for those in a hurry, can be found on page #3.

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Sunday, November 09, 2008

Panasonic FZ28 gets tested by DIWALabs

European test lab DIWA-Labs has published their very detailed technical findings on the Panasonic FZ28. This is a test report by the way, not a review. There is no text, just various technical measurements of technical properties of the camera and lens.

The FZ28 is available for $300 with free shipping by Vanns of Montana. Meanwhile at Amazon the prices vary depending on which third party sellers you prefer.

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Friday, November 07, 2008

Special: Casio EX-FH20 free shipping and free 4gb card

Adorama is offering the Casio EX-FH20 for $600 with a free 4gb Sandisk SD memory card, and free shipping. This has a 20x lens with sensor-shift stabilization, and RAW of course. The free 4gb card will be automatically included in your order according to the Adorama website. Click on the "Rebate Available" link and you will see this:

Buy a Casio EX-FH20 and receive a Free Sandisk 4GB SD card included with your order (a $34.95 value)

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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Sigma DP1 firmware update

The Sigma DP1 has a new firmware update, which is version 2.0. For more details check the two aforementioned links or the official Sigma DP1 website. And speaking of the DP1, be sure to check the list of reviews so far, we counted over 20 by websites big and small. The going price for the DP1 is $700 or so.

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Monday, November 03, 2008

New Nikon P6000 preview at Photography Review

We have a new preview for the Nikon P6000 at Photography Review! This is hot on the e-heels of the reviews at PhotoReview and Photography Blog.

Their preview includes a video unboxing ceremony, and a full-range ISO sample, starting at 64 and going all the way to 2000. Of course with a 14mp 1/1.7" sensor, one cannot (or should not) have high hopes for ISO 2000 :) Stay tuned to Pho Review for a complete review later on.

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Vote for the Reader's Choice RAWsumer!

At the green blog we are starting a Reader's Choice vote, where you, the readers, decide which cameras receive the various awards. One of the awards is the "Compact RAWsumer", and will be decided by both the readers of this blog and the green blog. If you also want to vote for the RAWzoomers (superzoom RAWsumers), such as the FZ28, EX-F1, S1000fs, you can vote for them in the SuperZoom category at the green blog.

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Nikon P6000 vs Canon G10 at Photography Blog

Are you trying to decide between the Canon G10 and the Nikon P6000? Can't decide? Well, Photography Blog is making it easier, they have posted a new G10 vs P6000 comparison, including lots of comparison shots, not just ISO, but also chromatic aberrations, anti-shake and lots more. Sample pictures are also available.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Ken Rockwell reviews the G10

Another G10 review is coming in, this time Ken Rockwell has reviewed the G10 after teasing with sample pictures a few days earlier.

Various aspects of the camera are discussed, samples shown, and opinions written. The D40 and Canon A70 make a guest appearance in the "Recommendations" segment.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

You help decide the next Serious Compacts shoot-out!

Serious Compacts is thinking of another shoot-out among the latest new enthusiastically serious compact cameras. And they are asking for your opinion. Which cameras would you like to see compared? The poll is a multiple-answer, so vote for which cameras you would like to see compared.

The list of possible options includes the latest compact-RAWsumers, along with the upcoming Panasonic G1.

If you missed them out, Serious Compacts has posted a couple of multi-part shootouts, featuring the GX100 and the Sigma DP1, which were compared with other cameras of their era.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Nikon P6000 gets a new review at PhotoReview.au

We have a new review for Nikon's quasi-RAWsumer, the NRW-sumer (ha!), has been reviewed by the dpreview of Australia, photoreview.com.au. Lots of Imatest graphs and measurables for the pixel-peepers to enjoy :)

PhotoReview does not have a conclusions segment, they presumably want to avoid influencing the reader, but that drives speed-readers crazy since they can't get a quick recap. They review, you decide :)

Remember back when there was noise about the collaboration between Nikon and Microsoft? Well, you knew it wouldn't be good, because that's what caused the NRW/WIC disaster!

The P6000 is selling at Amazon for $440 with free shipping and "handeling".

Two more reviews have been posted, details at the green blog and Serious Compacts.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

RAWsumer Review Stream

Since there is only a small number of RAWsumers of interest out there, we are launching a new on-going post that spotlights these reviews and first impressions.

Mon Oct 27
LX3 and noise, and a new G10 review are the latest updates from the review-o-sphere. For more, check the green blog.

This post features reviews that are not mentioned elsewhere in this blog, although sometimes there may be some overlap.

Wedn Oct 15
A new Canon G10 review, this time at TOP. More on this in the impact review update.

Thur Oct 9
The FZ28 has come out rather quietly, on the heels of the FZ18 rawsumer. But now it has just received a detailed review at Digital Camera Review. And at the same time its price has now reached the previous FZ18 price-point, so one can get it for just over $300, which is not a bad price considering that it has RAW and costs less than most of the other hyperzoom competitors.

And another GX-200 in just a matter of days. Steve's Digicams has reviewed it just today. The GX200 is on special at Adorama at the moment for those in North America.

Mon Oct 6
The Nikon P6000 gets its first review at CNet Asia. More details.

Sun Oct 5
The Ricoh GX-200 has just received a new review at
DCR. Read all about it here.

Thur Oct 2
Zoom! Zoom! The Olympus SP-570uz gets reviewed by Imaging Resource. Their lists of pros and cons are long! But no spoilers here :) Remember this is a camera that uses the "new" 10mp 1/2.33" sensor which a lot of the superzooms have converged upon.

A new review of the Panasonic LX3, this time at Digital-Camera-Review. As usual, no spoilers here!

Sun Sept 28
The speed-demon Casio EX-F1 is getting a brand new review at Steve's Digicams. If you can't wait, page #5 has the conclusions, which as usual we won't reveal.

Mon Sept 22
This was posted earlier on, but we just now noticed it, the PDF Gear Guide has posted their review of the Ricoh Gx200. As always no spoilers here!

And a new LX3 review is out, this time at Camera Labs.

Sat Sept 20
Two more LX3 reviews, at the Imatest-powered Photo Review and at DCI.

Mon Sept 15
We have two new RAWsumer reviews today! First, Photography Blog reviews the FZ28. I'm not sure what prices they are comparing it to, but a 3.5 out of 5 for a camera with RAW, 18x IS, HD video, and selling for just $330? What else do you want for $340? Surely they must be comparing to MSRP!

The second review is of the Fuji S100fs, which is getting a second leash on life with the new reviews coming out. This new review is at Digital Camera Review. Included is an ISO comparison set that goes from 100 to 10,000. Pixel-peep that! :) This quote might be of interest:

Although Fuji's in-camera processing and noise reduction seems to smooth out some fine details at high ISO settings, there is a respectable amount of fine detail even in the images taken at ISO 1600...

Tue Sept 9
While not a RAWsumer, since things are quiet in RAWsumerLand, you may be interested in the Fuji F60fd review by DCR. It would be interesting if Fuji took this sensor/engine and put it in a more advanced camera, whether it retails the F100fd-form factor or brings back the E900 or something new.

Friday Sept 5
After a wave of RAWsumer reviews, we had a quiet period, but now there is more action, with the LX3 tested by DIWA Labs, and TOP publishing part 3 of their on-going Fuji S100fs review.

Friday August 29
We start with a solid first impressions review we noticed via Serious Compacts, of the Ricoh GX-200, at the Wouter 28mm blog. As always, no spoilers here! The author responds to reader questions in the comments section after the GX-200 review, so be sure to ask away if you have any questions or concerns. Fans of b+w pictures will also be thrilled since the sample pictures are b+w.

Earlier On
We have already listed a couple of very recent Fuji S100fs reviews in this post and grouped the current LX3 reviews here.

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

New Fuji S100fs review at Let's Go Digital

Let's Go Digital has just posted their review of the Fuji S100fs, the camera we affectionately call "the Giantsumer", as in giant prosumer. And it sure is a giant.

The concusions are on page #9, but no spoilers here. Obviously a big camera with a big lens and a 2/3" sensor will be a series of trade-offs when compared with the interchangeable lens cameras above it, and the smaller-sensor fixed-lens cameras below. Where does it? Well, it depends on how your trade-off matrix is defined!

The S100fs is available now at Amazon for $616 with free shipping and handling, and a bonus 4gb Kingston SDHC memory card.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Casio EX-FH20 review by Videopia

Yes, speed-demon fans, a Casio EX-FH20 review has been posted at Videotopia. You can also watch a summary video review of the FH20.

If you are in a hurry, you can jump to page #4 for their well-rounded conclusions. We are always please when we see conclusions that are identifying different groups and styles of photographers that may (or may not) find the camera useful. And for a cross-over hybrid camera like this, it is even more important.

Sample images and sample videos taken with the camera are also posted at Videopia.

As we mentioned a few days ago, the camera is now shipping.

If you like the camera or the review, be sure to vote for it at Reddit.

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Luminous channels Ken Rockwell?

Serious Compacts is discussing a very interesting post by Luminous, talking ...medium format versus the Canon G10. Yes, this is not a typo! You read right! And did they reach a conclusion that eclipses the "D40 is the only camera you'll ever need" by Ken Rockwell? We blog, you decide!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Panasonic LX3 Review List and Pre-Order Tracker

Among the newer RAWsumers of 2008, the Panasonic LX3 seems to be generating the most buzz and interest. As such, it gets special treatment, an in-stock/pre-order tracker! But wait, there's more! We have lots of LX3 updates in the LX3 Diary.

In order to organize and optimize things, new reviews will be posted at the Review Organizer at the main blog. This allows us to have a unified interface to all the camera review lists.

LX3 reviews
Group AGroup BGroup C
Imaging Resource
DC Resource
Digital Camera Review
Camera Labs
Luminous Landscape
Thom Hogan shootout
Lawrence Rispher
Ming Thein
TWIP Photo
Burn Blue
Lightscrape (on-going)
Laurence Kim (on-going)
DCR (vs Nikon P6000)
Trusted Reviews
Let's Go Digital
Photo Review Au
Digital Camera Info
Pocket Lint
Photography Blog
CNet Asia

LX3 Now Shipping?
LX3K (black)LX3S (silver)
+Amazon (out of stock)
+OneCall (out of stock)
+J&R (out of stock)
+B&H Photo (out of stock)
+Adorama (out of stock)
+Amazon ($430 in-stock)
+B&H Photo ($390 out of stock)
+J&R World (out of stock)
+Adorama (out of stock)

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Sigma DP1 gets some book learning (new Magic Lantern Guide)

Yes, Sigma DP1 fans, the DP1 has achieved a milestone reserved for the big boys! It is getting a Magic Lantern Guide from Lark Press! The book is available for pre-ordering at Amazon for $10.36. No shipping date is given, but Amazon has a pre-order low price guarantee so you will pay $10.36 or less when it ships.

NOTE for current Sigma DP1 owners
One of our readers (see comment #1) has alerted us that current Sigma DP1 owners in the USA can get a copy of this book for FREE from Sigma itself. see details.

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Sample images: Canon G10 vs Nikon P6000

Photography Blog has just posted two sets of sample pictures, which are available as full-size JPEGs and some as RAW files by the way. It's the good old Nikon vs Canon rivalry rekindled once again. Here they are, Coolpix P6000 samples vs Powershot G10 samples.

RAW samples are a great idea as they allow the photographer to see how much they can get out of the camera using their own RAW development software, plug-ins and techniques. This is a great idea and kudos to Photography Blog for making them available!

Also note that some of the samples are of the same scene, so you can compare the two cameras!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Canon G10 first impressions

Digital Camera Review has received their G10 review unit, and they have quickly posted their first impressions, to keep us entertained until the full review is completed. So without further ado, be sure to check it out now!

The best price we have found on the G10 right now is at Amazon for $494, with free shipping. This is sold and shipping by Amazon itself. Various other 3rd parties are also offering at Amazon at similar prices. But if you do get it from Amazon.com itself, they also offer a free 4gb Kingston SDHC memory card.

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Shipping alert: Casio EX-FH20

Casio returns to "online sales" as the Casio EX-FH20 is now available for online orders, and currently in-stock too for $600. It is offered by J&R World on Amazon right now! Free shipping as well!

This is "baby EX-F1", with a bigger zoom ratio, but with a smaller sensor. The 9mp 1/2.x" sensor is combined with a 26-520mm (20X ratio) equivalent lens, with stabilization. The speed is
"down" to 40fps, from 60fps of the EX-F1.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Price drop alert: Panasonic LX3 drops to $400

The LX3 has now dropped in price down to $400 at J&R World and is shipping right now for FREE!

For those who are Amazon fans, you can place a pre-order at $407. Amazon has free shipping and pre-order low-price guarantee, but no shipping date is posted on the product page.

For more on the LX3, be sure to check the LX3 Diary.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

New Canon G10 hands-on review at TOP!

The Online Photographer has just posted a review of the G10. You can also see side-by-side pictures of the G9 and the G10. As always, no spoilers to the review conclusions here!

But wait, there is more! Serious Compacts points us to a new G10 tests from a respected Japanese website. Find out how the G10 did!

For more on the G10, be sure to check the Canon G10 diary at the new "green" blog.

The best price we found on the G10 is $500, available by a number of featured sellers at Amazon.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

RAWsumers do well again at MAP Camera

DigitalCamera.jp has posted the September top sellers at MAP Camera in Japan, and among the list we find some RAWsumers. MAP Camera is not representative of the overall market, it attracts advanced and enthusiast photographers.

So among new cameras, we find the Panasonic LX3 at the #5 spot, and while Ricoh has two, the GX-200 at the #4 spot, and the adorable GRDII at the #8 spot. Two out of the top ten is not bad, considering dSLRs grab six of the ten spots.

Among used cameras, we find five RAWsumers in the top twenty, with Ricoh once again leading the way with the GRD-II, GX100 and GRD original. Not bad at all! The other two are the Sigma DP1 and of course the Canon G9. Three of them are in the top ten, led by the GRD2 at #7.

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Price drop: Panasonic LX3 for $426 at Amazon (pre-order status)

Currently in pre-order status at Amazon, the Panasonic LX3K is being offered for $426 with free shipping and handling AND a bonus 4gb Kingston SDHC memory card.

This is a nice price, and even more so, the lowest price we have found among the reputable online dealers we track. But while the others are shipping for $470, Amazon is in pre-order status. So if you can afford to wait, you can save $44 and get a free 4gb card.

For more on the LX3, be sure to check the LX3 daily diary.

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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Ricoh GX200 VF1 kit discounted at Adorama

Adorama has a discount for the combination of the Ricoh GX-200 and the VF-1 external viewfinder for $650. Alone the GX200 goes for $600 and the VF-1 goes for $167, so buying them together is a discount of $117. Free shipping and handling as well.

For more on the RAWsumer GX-200, be sure to check the list of reviews published already. Granted, it's not dozens upon dozens, but we do have seven of them listed there. If we missed any, please let us know and we will add it promptly.

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Monday, October 06, 2008

Nikon P6000 gets first review at CNet Asia

Leonard Goh of CNet Asia has posted a review of the Nikon P6000, Nikon's semi-rawsumer. As always no spoilers here, but you can rush to their conclusions if you can't wait. They do discuss IQ and also the LX3. They also spend a lot of time with the new GPS feature which of course is a distinguishing feature since very few cameras feature this type of functionality out of the box.

And at the same time, the Nikon P6000 is shipping at Amazon for $460.

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

New Ricoh GX-200 review is out!

A new RAWsumer review has just been published for the Ricoh Gx-200. The new review is published at DigiCamReview.com. You can also check out the GX-200 gallery directly, with 19 full-size JPEG pictures available for download. As always, we won't be spoiling the findings of the review, but if you are in a hurry, jump to the bottom of the review page for the three-pronged conclusion along with the Pros and Cons.

In the US, the GX-200 is available at a limited number of retailers, and because of that the prices are fairly stable. It is currently going for $600 with free shipping at Adorama.

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Nikon P6000 sample pictures from two sources

We start with the Moose, Moose Peterson, posting a quick first impressions and two cropped pictures taken with the P6000. His comments are on the out-of-camera JPEGs, not the mysterious NRW. Read all about it!

And how about some images from Japan? This dpreview thread points us to samples from DC Watch Impress. Full-size JPEGs are available for download, and their trademark ISO-Bunny series shots rang from ISO 64 to ISO 2000. Thank you ISO Bunny :-)

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ricoh rawsumers do well at Map Camera in Japan

DigitalCamera.jp has published the top selling cameras at Map Camera stores in Japan for the month of August 2008. MAP attracts advanced photographers, that's why you don't see the general-purpose mass-market digital cameras in their top sellers list.

In the "New Cameras" segment, Ricoh has two RAWsumers in the top ten, the game-changing GX-100, and the almost adorable GRD-II. The majority of the rest of the cameras are dSLRs.

In the "Used Camera" top 20 list, we find the two aforementioned Ricohs in the top ten, and the original GRD-I at #20.

A clear victory for Ricoh as none of the other RAWsumers available at that time managed to make the charts. Having said that, please note that this is a small segment of the market in Japan, so please do not draw any dramatic conclusions :)

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Monday, September 29, 2008

New easier to remember url: rawsumer.com

We are now publishing this blog at www.rawsumer.com. This will make it easier for people to remember or type the url in their browser.

But fear not, all the previous links and bookmarks with the longer url continue to work as before!

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

ephotozine prosumer wars: G9 vs LX3 vs DP1 vs GRD II

ephotozine has an excellent idea for a prosumer quad-review featuring the Canon G9, Sigma DP1, Panasonic LX3, and Ricoh GRD II. This is a great way to compare all four, and we'd like to see more review sites engage in comparative side-by-side reviews! The quad-review also features a list of pluses and minuses of each of the cameras compared.

But then we see the verdict which is very confused, the picture on the right and the text do not match on who exactly they pick as the winner. The actual text does not pick a winner, but the last sentence says "Well done Canon".

And then they use some strange reasoning to justify not giving the winner a "highly recommended". We hope this is just a badly (re)edited verdict, and we hope they fix it soon, because if not, this puts into question the credibility of the whole review.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

New RAWsumer coming up: The Sigma DP2

As the Sigma founder promised, a follow-up to the DP1 was officially announced by Sigma, in typical Sigma multi-part announcement fashion.

Sigma Japan has posted semi-detailed specifications and a summary of its features.

DP1 users will feel at home with this new camera. Here are some of the key specifications:

  • Lens is 41mm (equivalent) at f2.8
  • new True II image processing engine
  • 14-foveon-megapixel sensor as the DP1
  • pop-up flash plus hot-shoe
  • RAW with Sigma Photo Pro included
  • 2.5" LCD
  • SD/SDHC memory card

Some more at the Sigma DP mini-site.

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DP1 RAW: Sigma PP vs Adobe at Serious Compacts

Serious Compacts has posted a detailed look at working with Sigma Foveonesque RAW files with Sigma's own Photo Pro versus the new Adobe bandwagon of Lightroom and ACR. This post focuses (no pun intended) on black and white. Read all about it!

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Thom Hogan opines on the Nikon P6000 RAW situation

Nikon super guru Thom Hogan has posted a new update on his website under Sept-23 with the heading "Nikon P6000 Revisited" where he recaps the RAW-NRW situation. Hogan's site does not have links to individual posts, so if you are reading this later on, you have to hunt for it on his archive pages.

As you may recall, the silly decision by Nikon to cripple the P6000 RAW format generated a lot of backlash and slowed down Nikon's momentum of successful photographer-priority releases such as the D3/D300 power-duo, the D700 and the D90.

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Panasonic LX3 daily round-up Part III

We continue with Part III of the LX3 Daily Round-up. To catch up here is Part I and Part II.

Updates continue
The updates continue in Part IV of the LX3 Diary.

Mon Sept 22
We continue with the review-a-day pace with Camera Labs reviewing the LX3. The review was just posted, check it out! If you can't wait, check the "Verdicts" tab to see their conclusions! Spoiler follows:

...indeed our High ISO Noise results page reveals the LX3 enjoys around a one stop advantage over the Canon PowerShot G9 from 100 ISO to its maximum sensitivity.

One has to wonder what DCI was smoking :)

Sun Sept 21
And a new review, this time at Let's Go Digital! As always, no spoilers here, don't want to introduce bias into the initial readings.

Video samples of the LX3 discussed at Neutral Day, and new b+w street photography at Burn Blue.

Oops! They are the same.

Sat Sept 20
A new first impressions with lots of samples pictures at Anak Brunei. The photographer decided on the LX3 ahead of three others! Read on to find out more!

If you haven't bookmarked LightScrape, it is high time you did! Lots of new updates with pictures, including a very positive update on battery life, blurring backgrounds, MegaOIS, and lots more!

A text-based first impressions and discussion at the Serious Compacts flickr group. What did the author find ...underneath the LX3 skin?

And a discussion for the camera geeks. What camera did you have before the LX3?

Fri Sept 19
Another day another review! This time by Photo Review Australia, which is one of the fastest websites in reviewing new digital cameras and providing measurable findings. Lots of measurables as Photo.Review.Au uses Imatest. This looks like a much more thorough/technical review than the previous "review" that got dissected like a frog in the forums (see Sept 18 entries). But don't spend too much time looking for a traditional "conclusions/verdict", there isn't one :)

You can use dcraw with the LX3 says one flickr user and provides details on how to refresh to version 8.88.

In the on-going LX3 experience at LightScrape, the question is asked: is it too complex?

Doonster got hsi LX3 and posts his first impressions.

An update on RAW files and BreezeBrowserPro at the Breezesys forums.

Thur Sept 18
The aforementioned DCI review is getting dissected in the Panasonic forum. Dissected is putting it politely. A number of different forum posters are pointing at various items that "lower" the credibility of the review. Memo to camera review sites: If you are going to review a serious digital camera, you should spend more time with it. You don't review a $500 camera with RAW the same way you review a $100 point and shoot!

Thanks to Lightscrape for the heads up! Posted today is a brand new LX3 review at DCI (Digital Camera Info). Be sure to check it out! Haven't read it yet, but this looks like the most bearish LX3 review to date!

More real-world pictures and hands-on impressions of the LX3 at Lightscrape. Be sure to check the night pictures post where the author discovers that a 25-year old generic manual flash is recognized by the LX3. Nice!

Also shipping from Adorama for $480 with free shipping and handling.

Wedn Sept 17
Now shipping! OneCall.com has it in-store and shipping for free for $356 $380. (price went up on Thursday)

Tue Sept 16
New LX3 arrival! LightScrape has received the new LX3 and posted their first impressions. Stay tuned to Lightscrape for lots more!

A new hands-on first impressions review of the LX3 has been posted at Burn Blue. What did the photographer think? And what were the two minor issues pointed out? Read on to find out!

Sun Sept 14
J&R World is inviting temptation again, this time with a $50 pre-order discount on both the black and the silver models. Check it out at J&R World.

A full-size (click on the picture) challenging ballroom sample at Sputnik Scribbles.

For more on the LX3, be sure to check all the Wordpress.com blogs having the LX3 tag.

Sat Sept 13
Those who pre-ordered their LX3 thru J&R World's special discount at the end of August are starting to receive it - on a first-come first-served basis. It looks like people who ordered on 9/1 or earlier are getting their cameras shipped. For everyone else, patience is a virtue :-)

Fri Sept 12
It's here! It's here! An in-forum discussion after a photographer receives his LX3!

Thur Sept 11
Another review is out, this time a short and sweet review at Pocket Lint.

Caught between the LX3 and the G9? CNet Asia has the answer courtesy of L.Goh.

Wedn Sept 10
I got it on eBay? Reputable online retailer 17th Street Photo has 97 LX3 units listed on eBay for $475 with $14 standard shipping. This is on their eBay store, so it is a Buy-It-Now transaction, not an auction.

The LX3 has received another review, this one at e-photo-zine.

People are slowly but steadily starting to receive their pre-ordered LX3 and posting first impressions and sample/real-world pictures. See more and more at the dpreview Panasonica forum.

Tue Sept 9
We have two short LX3 reviews posted in the last few hours, the first one at the Herald Sun and the second one at NST Online. These are a short experiential one-page reviews, so please don't expect a 30-page dpreview technical analysis :)

If you pre-ordered your LX3 from J&R World, these LX3 fans at dpreview are reporting that it is starting to ship. That's for pre-existing pre-orders. For new buyers, the J&R website lists the two LX3 colors as coming soon and temporarily out of stock.

Mon Sept 8
A great step by step showcase of the LX3 extended optical zoom feature.

All work and no lunch for the LX3? Well, not quite. The LX3 is having "dai pai dong".

Sun Sept 7
Plemix has posted an interesting visual comparison between the GX200 and LX3. More details.

Sat Sept 6
Great first impressions article on the LX3 at the Nargalzius.com blog. Includes a gallery of pictures. This is a great write-up on the LX3, be sure to check it out. But it's not a bed of roses, it includes four cons.

The LX3 discovers a cat.

A discussion and some samples on page 2 at the Pinoy Photography forums. Mabuhay!

Fri Sept 5
DIWA Labs has just published their Panasonic LX3 tests. Ideal for technical people and pixel peepers! Peep! Peep!

Thur Sept 4
A discussion in the forums on LX-series and RAW vs JPEG.

Wedn Sept 3
Eight sample pictures from various users and discussion at Club Snap.

Tue Sept 2
Out of stock in Finland? One of the stores is says Lightscrape.

Don't forget the special $100 instant discount on both the black (LX3K) and silver (LX3S) bodies at J&R World. This brings the pre-order price down to $400. The special discount expires on September 6.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The leaked Canon G10 is now officially announced!

Yes, the new Canon G10 is now officially out of the bag. As regular G10 hunters know already, the G10 was part of the Pop Photo leak of a couple of weeks ago.

Key Specifications

  • RAW format
  • 5X optical zoom lens (28-140mm)
  • Image Stabilization
  • 1/1.72" sensor but 15-megapixels
  • DIGIC IV with face detection
  • 3-inch LCD display
  • Hot-Shoe
  • Optional add-on lenses

+Plus: Wide-angle, Hot-Shoe, RAW, DIGIC IV
-Minus: 15mp sensor

A mega-thread at dpreview Canon talk is dissecting the specs and potential of this camera.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

New blog feature: Selective expandable posts

Because some of our posts are getting longer and longer, we have installed selective expandable post summaries to make the front page easier to navigate. This is particularly useful for some of the longer posts, such as the LX3 Daily Diary and the RAWsumer Review Stream.

You will notice this with a bold link at the bottom of an expandable post that says: "Read the rest of.....". This will only happen for longer posts. If a post is short enough it will be posted on the front page as a whole.

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Leaked! Leica D-Lux 4, a new RAWsumer based on the LX3

If you are a fan of Leica, and a fan of the new Lumix LX3, you will love this leak! As speculated, a french photography magazine leaked the announcement of the D-Lux 4, which will be the Leica version based on the LX3.

For more on the leak, be sure to check Wouter 28mm, Camera Rumors, Serious Compacts and the new Noisy blog.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Ricoh GRD II gets ...creative

Photography Blog introduces the new GRD II Creative Set, coming out in the UK for 600 pounds.

The Creative Set will include the camera of course, along with the 0.75x wide angle converter, external viewfinder (GV-1), hood and strap.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Price update: Panasonic FZ28 for $340 via Vanns

The Panasonic FZ28K (black finish) is available and on sale for
$340 at Vanns of Montana, with free ground shipping. If you live on the west, southwest or mountain west, you can save on shipping and shipping time by shopping from reputable western retailers.

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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Future Talk on Digital Cameras (wrt Serious/RAWsumers)

Serious Compacts is spotlighting an interesting discussion in the Serious Compacts flickr forums talking about compact and "Serious" compacts in the future. Read all about it and join the discussion at SC!

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Ricoh GX200 vs Lumix LX3 at Plemix

Plemix has an interesting comparison between the Ricoh GX200 and Panasonic LX3. A very visual comparison of the two cameras, with big camera-body close-ups that will make you want to buy them both :-) If you are a cameraholic, exercise caution when viewing the pictures!

One of our favorites was a shot of the view through the optional external viewfinder on the Ricoh. Creative!

This is by no means a dpreview review, but if you are a camera geek you will love it!

Opinion: I don't know what the prices are around the world, but in the US market, perhaps due to limited availability, Ricoh is not as competitive on price. The GX200 is one price-stop more expensive than the LX3, and that's assuming the LX3 remains at $500. We've already seen a temporary teaser $100 pre-order (!) discount at J&R a few days ago, so the LX3 may have a two price-stop advantage.

PS> One price-stop = $100. It's a metric price stop :-)

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

As the RAWsumer World Turns (Canon G10? Olympus SP-565uz?)

Welcome to a new game of "RAWsumer or NOT?" The first contestant is the Olympus SP-565uz, which was announced yesterday. This is a camera that fits right in-between the SP-570uz and SP-560uz. We are not 100% sure this is a RAWsumer. While we noticed at three different spec sheets mention RAW, we have not yet seen any mention of RAW anywhere else in the SP-565uz material. So we are keeping a watch on this until we know more.

The second contestant in "RAWsumer or NOT?" is the Canon G10. This time there was a leak, and main specs were listed. Serious Compacts recaps the leak. The camera is expected to have RAW, but it hasn't been announced yet. So it's not officially real. Pop Photo was the only place that leaked this, but Pop Photo doesn't usually post rumors or speculation, so this looks like it is for real. We will wait for the official announcement before declaring it a RAWsumer.

And a couple of RAWsumer reviews
First up, The Online Photographer has started their diary-style Fuji S100fs review by Ctein. Part I is great for the S100fs Bulls, because it points out a lot of the S100fs advantages. Just posted, Part II of the review, including an S6000fd vs S100fs picture comparisons.

And a new S100fs review, this time by one of the "Big Six", at Steve's Digicams.

You can't swing a mouse cord this week without hitting a Panasonic LX3 review. The latest one by Leonard Goh at CNet Asia.

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CNet Asia reviews the Panasonic LX3!

It is raining LX3 reviews! Leonard Goh at CNet Asian has posted his First Take review of the LX3. If you can't wait, jump to the conclusions page.

For more on the LX3, check the LX3 Daily Diary and the Ripsher and Thein reviews.

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

New Panasonic LX3 review by Lawrence Ripsher (and a forum review too!)

Yes, we have the second Panasonic LX3 review! Lawrence Ripspher has just posted a four-part LX3 review on his website! Conclusions are on page #4, but no spoilers here so as not to introduce any bias in the initial reading of the review. The conclusions mention the number of megapixels and the Canon G9, but no spoilers here :)

Reactions to the review
The review was posted just a couple of hours ago, but discussions have already started in the dpreview Panasonic forum. Although early, there are some agreements and disagreements already.

And a preliminary LX3 forum review by Ming Thein
And if you are hungry for more LX3 opinions, you are in luck! Dpreview forum user Ming Thein has posted a preliminary in-forum LX3 review at the Panasonic dpreview forum.

This includes 12 sample pictures as well with in-tact EXIF info for those who want to check the circumstances the pictures were taken. And of course discussion on image quality, noise, handling, and such.

Discussion follows along with requests from forum users for more comparisons and tests!

If you like interactively organic reviews, be sure to check it out!

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Friday, August 22, 2008

New Sigma DP1 review at Photography Review!

Photography Review has just posted their Sigma DP1 review. As always we won't be commenting on the review in the first few fragile hours of its publication so as not to introduce bias.

But if you are in a hurry to read the conclusions, just search for the word "conclusion" and you will find them quickly. This is a single-page review format which makes it easy to page up and down through the different review segments.

A quick price check at some of the reputable online dealers shows a price of $700 at Amazon, Adorama, and B&H Photo.

The review has been added to the DP1 Review List.

And since we are talking Sigma DP1, mountain photographer Jack Brauer talks why he is moving from the DP1 to the E420.

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First review: Panasonic FZ28 at TR

The Panasonic FZ28 hyperzoom RAWzoomer (RAWsumer + superzoom) has just received its first major review! The review is published at UK supersite Trusted Reviews. And unlike most review sites, TR allows users to comment directly on the review pages making it a more interactive experience.

As always we won't reveal the outcome of the review, but if you are in a hurry jump to page #3 of the review and look for the "Verdict" segment.

The FZ28 is available at Amazon. Amazon itself has not started shipping it, but some of the 3rd party retailers there like Vanns of Montana and Abt of Illinois are shipping the FZ28. In fact Vanns offers it for $390 and free shipping.

Update! We just noticed that the silver FZ28s is on sale, even though it is still in pre-order mode at Amazon. The price is down to $365, probably the lowest price by a reputable dealer! Pre-order the silver model at $365.

Reactions to the Review
Lightscape has posted their reactions to the TR review.

A 20+ post thread in the Panasonica dpreview forum dissects the review. There are are some fireworks in that thread as well.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Panasonic LX3 daily round-up Part II

Part I of the LX3 Daily Round-up has gotten too long, so now we are starting part II. Be sure to check Part I if you want to catch up with the previous latest updates :)

New updates at Part III
This has grown long enough, so we started Part III with new updates.

Sunday August 31
A traveling photographer spends some quality time with the LX3.

Friday August 29
Red Skies at Night opines on the LX3 and other RAWsumers.

Tuesday August 26
If you missed this be sure to visit and bookmark, an interactive in-forum diary review by Ming Thein in the Panasonic dpreview forum.

New first-look review posted at CNet Asia, discussion here.

Neutral Day reviews the LX3 reviews and notices the Henri-Cartier Bresson references.

Sunday August 24
We have the second Panasonic LX3 review by Lawrence Ripsher. More detailed coverage of the review in its own post.

LightScape points us to the LX3 user manual via Pana-UK.

Meanwhile a current LX2 photographer has had the LX3 for a couple of days, and has posted some early thoughts.

Saturday August 23
"Phooey" is strongly considering the LX3, along with the GX200 and G9.

Friday August 22
The blog is in french, but there are plenty of camera body pictures at the Journal du Geek. Alors!

Thursday August 21
Tempted? A Ricoh GX-series user has a new LX3. Close-ups of the camera body in his flickr pages. Do not look if you are tech-tempted by camera close-ups!

Tuesday August 19
LX3 and the British summer in this dpreview thread and associated gallery.

Neutral Day points us to Phil Askey's LX3 flickr gallery. Yes, the Phil Askey, founder and supreme ruler of dpreview.com is on vacation and taking/posting sample pictures with the LX3. Do I smell a "HR"? :)

But Phil Askey is not the only one running around with an LX3 on flickr! Photographer Ming Szu Liang has posted some of her test LX3 pictures there as well!

Sunday August 17
First few hours and sample pictures with the LX3 have been posted by Lawrence Ripsher! The puppies are so adorable!

Another photographer is happy today! Look at what he got!

Saturday August 16
Some great news, Lawrence Ripsher who has produced some excellent reviews in the past, is planning to review the LX3! This is great! More at Lost in Focus. Also coming up is the Digital Camera Review review (see Friday's update).

Friday August 15
Digital Camera Review has just opened up a flickr gallery for their readers to check out what they've been up to. Among other things there we find a nine picture gallery of LX3 pictures! Hooray!

If you enjoy irresponsible speculation, be sure to check out the latest update at the Small Sensor Diary. Close-up picture of the optional external viewfinder is included!

Wanna see an f2.0 depth of field test shot? Check this picture on flickr.

Neil Duffin's blog rounds up the latest updates.

If you enjoy the DigitalRev videos, be sure to check out their latest LX3 video preview.

Reactions to the Photography Blog LX3 review at the Noisy Blog.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Panasonic FZ28 Blog Diary starts at Art Zen

Art Zen has a received their brand new Panasonic FZ28 and have started their review diary with the first episode, The Journey Begins. But that's not all, there's plenty of information on the Panasonic FZ18, which is also a RAWsumer!

You can read a discussion of this at the Panasonic dpreview forum.

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

RAWsumers dominate the top sellers at MAP Camera in Japan

DigitalCamera.jp has posted their new monthly top sellers list in association with MAP Camera of Japan. This only refers to Map Camera, not the whole Japanese market! But the Map customers sure love their RAWsumers! Here is the computer-translated July Top Sellers.

Among new-in-box models, the Ricoh GX200 leads the way, ahead of DSLRs and non-DSLRs alike! Viva GX-200! This is a new entry at #1 and shows that Ricoh has indeed struck a chord with a specific niche of enthusiastic photographers across the world. Ricoh also holds the #4 spot with the adorable GRD-II, while the Panasonic LX2 is at #5. Not bad, 3 cameras in the Top 10 are RAWsumers, and five DSLRs, and two mid-range compacts.

They also post a Top 20 of Used camera sales, and there we find more RAWsumers, starting with the Ricoh GX-100 Viewfinder kit at #3, and the Foveonesque Sigma DP1 at #5.

While not a RAWsumer, the low-noise reputation of the Fuji F31 is not lost among used camera buyers, as it occupies the #18 slot. The remaining 17 slots are occupied by DSLRs.

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